I have always had a close affinity with the Sea, I am at my most happiest when I am walking along an empty beach, with the sound of waves crashing against the shore.
Come rain or shine, Winter or Summer, a walk along the beach is one of the most pleasurable feelings. Even better when you can feel the sand between your toes and the water lapping on your feet.
It conjures up idyllic thoughts and feelings…….a peaceful and calm place that I love more than any other.
Not long after I started researching my family tree, I had this romantic idea that I must come from a long line of seafaring Ancestors, maybe some Smugglers inter-mixed for good measure as well. I am just reading Nathan Dylan Goodwin’ wonderful book, The Wicked Trade, so why not have a Smuggler in the midsts as well!
All of this couldn’t be any further from the truth! I do have a few distant ancestors who were Thames Lightermen, but that’s sadly where my Seafaring Ancestry ends! Well at the moment anyway……I almost feel cheated that I don’t have any “Sea Blood” in me after all! So I’m not the “old sea-dog” that I thought I might be.
Has anybody else had a feeling or connection like this, either to a place or trade etc that they just cannot find a connection to, or is it just me? I would love to hear from you if you do……..
“There be some pieces of eight if you do”, or I’ll make “ya Landlubbers walk the plank” instead.
Here are just a few, literally a tiny snippet of all of the hundreds of pictures of beaches that I have, I hope you enjoy them.